By Glynis Kazanjian| Maryland Reporter
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Board of Elections may implement an online ballot marking system for absentee voters in time for this year’s elections, depending on an opinion from the attorney general.
But some voter advocacy groups worry about the potential for fraud.
The move to online ballot marking comes after a 2010 federal requirement that states provide overseas voters and active military personnel with access to online absentee ballot applications.
The attorney general’s opinion would say whether the elections board should seek federal and state certification for the online ballot marking tool.
Certification, which is mandatory, would test the system for vulnerabilities to fraud or manipulation, but the state board argues the ballot marking tool would be only part of a voting system.